New York Islanders Weekend Preview: Face ‘Canes Tonight, Panthers Tomorrow

March 18th, 2011 by Daniel Friedman Leave a reply »
Just a few days since the loss at Madison Square Garden, the New York Islanders are looking to get back on track.

A pair of consecutive road wins would be just what the doctor ordered, wouldn't it?

Fortunately, this feat is entirely possible, as the Isles face two beatable opponents tonight and tomorrow, in the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers.

The fun starts tonight in Raleigh, with Al Montoya between the pipes and Jesse Joensuu in the lineup. Tomorrow night however, Rick DiPietro will make his return in goal for New York, as they travel to Sunrise, Florida to do battle with the Panthers.

You knew DP was going to start one of these games, the only uncertainty was which contest it would be.

Carolina is struggling to break the top eight in the Eastern Conference and are desperate for wins. That could make for a tough challenge tonight, but one that the Islanders are certainly up to.

Eric Staal is a threat every time the puck's on his stick and beating Cam Ward is always difficult.

While the Hurricanes may pose a risk to the Isles, the Panthers aren't much of a threat. This past season is one that he ...

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